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    Default Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I decided after amassing only about 25 frags (mostly designer and cheapies, plus a stack of decant samples) in the last couple of years to slim them down a bit, getting rid of a few nearly-rans and redundant ones.

    I thought it was a good way to control everything before it got out of hand and I ended up with more and more, and stick to ones that get used. I never really got into expensive stuff because of budget, just designers and cheapies, some bought as partially used bottles but I wonder which well known fragrances other people own that if they think about it they won't wear and why?

    Here's some comments on why they didn't make it...


    CH Men Prive - if only it was more booze and less leather, it's just not balanced enough, and being not balanced and so loud and full smelling it doesn't quite work

    Escentric Molecules Escentric 04 - for a fresh thing, it's too attacking, and what attacks you are brash sourish notes, too in your face for weather when it would be worn

    Bottega Veneta Pour Homme EDT - as after managing to obtain the EDP, the EDT would not be worn, although if I'd never got the EDP, it would have made it

    Mercedes Benz Cologne - to me, slightly preferable to Dior Homme Cologne, but freshies this bright I've found don't get worn so much as softer citruses or aquatics when the temperature goes up

    Dior Sauvage - cos it smells like you are the kind of person who'd wear Sauvage

    Aventus - cos it's so overdone and hence is so boring

    Jimmy Choo Man Intense - picked it up in an airport a few years back smells great, but soon found out it works for 10 seconds then it goes AWOL

    Millesime Imperial - it has something about it that doesn't quite work, it's close, but it's salt"ish" and melon"ish" notes don't sing together for me

    Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche I love Gaultier - I can't really explain past saying it has nothing about it that resembles anything I like or appreciate


    ...I'll probably lose my self-control in no time and be buying again, but whilst I love the hunt for new fragrances to fall in love with, I'm not the kind of person that would wear all of a larger collection, as I'll always gravitate towards favourites.

    I wonder if other people here have tried to contain a collection to a reasonable amount that they'll use?

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    I went down to about 11 currently after own 30+. My limit is 15 so if I reach it and want to purchase something new, I rotate something out. I enjoy my frags a lot more. For me it's more about having an active wardrobe than collecting though.

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    I have tried but it's really tough to get rid of some of my fragrances. That's why now I am extremely selective before I buy. Any new scents must get reached for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    I decided after amassing only about 25 frags (mostly designer and cheapies, plus a stack of decant samples) in the last couple of years to slim them down a bit, getting rid of a few nearly-rans and redundant ones.

    I thought it was a good way to control everything before it got out of hand and I ended up with more and more, and stick to ones that get used. I never really got into expensive stuff because of budget, just designers and cheapies, some bought as partially used bottles but I wonder which well known fragrances other people own that if they think about it they won't wear and why?

    Here's some comments on why they didn't make it...


    CH Men Prive - if only it was more booze and less leather, it's just not balanced enough, and being not balanced and so loud and full smelling it doesn't quite work

    Escentric Molecules Escentric 04 - for a fresh thing, it's too attacking, and what attacks you are brash sourish notes, too in your face for weather when it would be worn

    Bottega Veneta Pour Homme EDT - as after managing to obtain the EDP, the EDT would not be worn, although if I'd never got the EDP, it would have made it

    Mercedes Benz Cologne - to me, slightly preferable to Dior Homme Cologne, but freshies this bright I've found don't get worn so much as softer citruses or aquatics when the temperature goes up

    Dior Sauvage - cos it smells like you are the kind of person who'd wear Sauvage

    Aventus - cos it's so overdone and hence is so boring

    Jimmy Choo Man Intense - picked it up in an airport a few years back smells great, but soon found out it works for 10 seconds then it goes AWOL

    Millesime Imperial - it has something about it that doesn't quite work, it's close, but it's salt"ish" and melon"ish" notes don't sing together for me

    Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche I love Gaultier - I can't really explain past saying it has nothing about it that resembles anything I like or appreciate


    ...I'll probably lose my self-control in no time and be buying again, but whilst I love the hunt for new fragrances to fall in love with, I'm not the kind of person that would wear all of a larger collection, as I'll always gravitate towards favourites.

    I wonder if other people here have tried to contain a collection to a reasonable amount that they'll use?
    I think the more interesting question is which fragrances did you keep and why?

    I have a small and relatively inexpensive collection by Basenoter standards, but it's ballooned since I joined the forum (just from chasing down interesting recommendations) and I'm trying to scale it back down from the 30-bottle mark to around 20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellbentforleather View Post
    For me it's more about having an active wardrobe than collecting though.
    Yes, that's the same with me I've concluded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    I think the more interesting question is which fragrances did you keep and why?

    I have a small and relatively inexpensive collection by Basenoter standards, but it's ballooned since I joined the forum (just from chasing down interesting recommendations) and I'm trying to scale it back down from the 30-bottle mark to around 20.
    Here's a list that's almost up to date (a few more keepers not listed - I'll have to go look to remind myself!) many of these are hyped and I have not kept anything because they are hyped or constantly recommended by people, no, I've only ever kept them because I've liked them and I am very picky. You'll see that these are all pretty common and familiar names...
    (I have about 30 decant samples too)

    GENERAL ONES

    Channel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme - it lived up to all expectations, apart from the drydown maybe is a bit disappointing it doesn't retain more of the opening. It is a versatile easy grab.

    Bottega Venetta Pour Homme Parfum - it's like nothing else I own, and it's great, it's so coherent and the pine is softer than the EDT's and it's sweeter and deeper, I really like this one.

    Escentric Molecules Molecules 01 - it worked for me immediately, it's not in your face, but that woodyesque smell is fantastic, and as people say it is great for days when you don't want to wear anything loud.

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon EDT - I don't wear it often but it is so much better than Sauvage, Sauvage is like a nice car a youngster has ruined with spoilers and a big exhaust. This is like that nice car as it should be had a bit of a dickhead not got hold of it.

    Prada L’Homme EDT - it is clean cut and laundry like, and has that floral thing without being feminine, it is nice to wear for a change sometimes.

    YSL L'Homme - I just like it, it doesn't perform, but I like it, it does the La Nuit thing but you can't wander around in the day with La Nuit on as it would be a bit much.

    FRESHIES
    (I don't expect the world from freshies, but I wear them a lot, and like to have a good functional few of them, I don't like sharp citrus, don't like green, and haven't explored vetivers much at all).

    Versace Man Eau Fraiche - I looked for freshies, many are compromised to my nose, being "too much this, or too much that" and I am not keen at all on sharp citrus I have learned. I simply can't fault this one, it just has nothing bad about it. It's totally acceptable with no leaning towards any particular element I can think of in a freshie that people might not like. I was surprised and I overlooked it for ages as it is always mentioned.

    Azzaro Chrome Aqua - a freshie with a watery, apple thing, so an easy grab to use when I've used Versace Man Eau Fraiche too many days in a row.

    Pacific Rock Moss by Goldfield & Banks - hyped, but to me, it just smells right. You have to try it, ignore any hype and assess it for yourself, but it has character to my nose. Performance is nothing special. Have had people ask about this one. If just going out the door in the warm spring or summer, I'd grab Versace Man Eau Fraiche or Azzaro Chrome Aqua, but if I was actually going out socialising in any way, this is an example of when I'd grab this more often instead, that's the 'purpose' it has for me vs these other two freshies, it has more character. That said, see Tous Man Sport comments too.

    Tous Man Sport - Look it up, cheap and another easy grab as per the Versace Man Eau Fraiche and the Azzaro Chrome Aqua, it introduces a touch more character and weight to it again. Think that it is has sport in the name rather than being just a purely light fresh fragrance, although it is still light on its feet. It is cheap to buy, all 3 of these I got for £25 each and they form a nice rotation for repeating daytime warm weather. Even though the notes aren't the same, if someone is looking into Pacific Rock Moss and can't justify it (both say Oak Moss in the notes though, which must be what I picked up when I smelt this and something reminded me of Pacific Rock Moss), this will fill that sort of role in many ways in that it has a similar amount of depth over something like Man Eau Fraiche which is just clean and pristine (but great because of that). Don't expect the world though, as the similarity whilst there is only there for the first hour, so I am not saying it is the same, it's not an irresistible to keep sniffing scent, but I can't imagine anyone being averse to it either. After the first hour it's a lot fainter and what's left is more woody (Notino sell this cheap in the UK).

    Dolce Gabbana Light Blue Sun Pour Homme - summery but instead of plain light, it is not, and it has a ginger kick, so it's a non-freshie for freshie situations and it goes well into night time as it has substance and depth that a regular freshie won't have. It has a a bit of weight to it. I got this before trying Light Blue Intense, and was surprised how close they are, but Light Blue Sun is more interesting, more kick at the top and an added underlying even so slight suntan lotionesque thing added in, which whilst not too noticeable, it works. It is not an incredible scent, it's not a "love" if I try to break it down and assess it, but that doesn't matter as I do grab it really often and am always glad I do.

    Maison Margiela Replica Under The Lemon Trees - my 2nd scent by them, I really like it, not a sharp citrus, a lemon and tea thing. It's soft, but performance is good and it's not like any other freshie I have smelt (oh, and I hated Allure Edition Blanche) (Parfum Dreams do it cheapest and ship to UK)

    Isles Verge by Pocket Scents (Virgin Island Water) - a really good replica. I wouldn't pay for Virgin Island Water as it's not a scent that's worth the money, even though I quite like it. This cost barely anything, like £8.99 and unbelievably it smells very much the same as my VIW sample! Winner winner chicken dinner as they say, although probably not in the US.

    NIGHTS

    Layton Exclusif Parfums de Marly - I can't get on with Layton, I've scrubbed it off before, that's how much. This one I tried my decant a few times, and ended up convinced. It's synthetic but to me it is so good, but only when I am in the mood for it. So different to other scents I own. Get's commented on by the way.

    Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club - love it, love it, love it. It simply smells great to me, I love wearing it, love smelling it, and it's not the kind of smell that you find many people defaulting to either. It doesn't really smell of cocktails and cigars like it is described as, but it is boozy yet clean, not a cloying scent at all, and that's why I like it. Plus it is slightly musky and slightly like burnt pipe tobacco. It is also not too sweet. (Parfum Dreams do it cheapest and ship to UK)

    YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDT - everybody knows it, and all you have to do is smell it and you'll know if you like it. I really do. More nights in than nights out though I'd say.

    Parfums Vintage Pineapple Vintage Intense - it just works, you have to like the fruit that's in the name, as that's what you get. Aventus bores me, it is a typical bloke scent, and hence boring just as most people are. This is a departure, and I can't deny I like it, have got comments wearing it too. It works well for late daytime into evening and night too, rather than others that might suit just setting out in the evening.

    Azzaro Wanted by Night - it's good, I don't think I'll reach for it that often purely because of my love for others I own, but it is easily good enough to keep. I can see why so many people said it was a great release for that year. I know price is irrelevant to many, but for something priced so reasonably and for those who don't want to spend more it seriously is worth trying and wearing. Don't overspray it, just one or two sprays and try it out in the house. It's got a lot of presence. If a bigger house had released this, I think it would be even more highly regarded.
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    I’ve owned a bunch, this year I’m slimming my collection down to 20(full bottles) & not going over.
    It feels good to have a smaller collection of stuff I love rather than a huge collection of stuff I like.

    *The only reason I haven’t slimmed it down faster is that selling & mailing them is a PITA. The cheaper stuff, I’m just gonna give those away to friends & drop em off at the homeless shelter.

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    Thanks for sharing! I'm also a minimalist by nature, and I'll always recommend having fewer fragrances that you truly love instead of a very large collection of fluff. Although, if you truly love 100 frags and must have a bottle, then do it! I would have at least kept Aventus, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    Here's a list that's almost up to date (a few more keepers not listed - I'll have to go look to remind myself!) many of these are hyped and I have not kept anything because they are hyped or constantly recommended by people, no, I've only ever kept them because I've liked them and I am very picky. You'll see that these are all pretty common and familiar names...
    (I have about 30 decant samples too)
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I have about 25 now, and I'm pretty happy with that number. I'm always tempted to buy all the things I see referenced here, but budget constraints limit me for better or worse. Went through a recent buying spree post-tax return, but I'm going to slow down now and really get to know the bottles I have.

    Basically everything I have I like; I try to do extensive testing at Sephora, dept. stores, etc, so I really get a sense of a fragrance's full breadth before I buy it. I've only had one bad blind buy experience, but otherwise I feel like getting to know different notes has helped me avoid stuff that doesn't appeal to my tastes. Again, doing lots of sampling has helped me get familiarity with different notes and houses without having to spend too much. Even sniffing all the essential oils at Whole Foods, etc. Not to mention smelling natural raw materials (flowers, herbs, other plants, etc).

    My collection is basically organized in the way you describe yours, with different "types" each represented by several bottles. I think it's good to have 4-5 different types of fragrance, with 1-3 representatives per style. Gives you options, but not so many that you'll never use certain bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    My collection is basically organized in the way you describe yours, with different "types" each represented by several bottles. I think it's good to have 4-5 different types of fragrance, with 1-3 representatives per style. Gives you options, but not so many that you'll never use certain bottles.
    Agree. Good to have a few different types and then fill each type with whatever fragrances make you happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Agree. Good to have a few different types and then fill each type with whatever fragrances make you happy.
    Yep, I find as with a lot of people I head out a lot more in the summer, and because I don't do that many nights out I don't need loads of those ones. To me it's all about having things I use.

    I've kept track of stacks I've tried or had decants of to try wearing a good few times too, I sort those too.

    Here's just a few I kept notes on that were quick to post (my notes wouldn't make sense if I just pasted them, I probably can remember vivid impressions of another 30ish I would guess too)

    Ask me on any and I'll dig up what I thought. Some insight will come from my dislike for anything cloying, anything overly sweet either in a full rounded sweet way or in a plain old sugar kind of way, and anything with what I perceive as floral feminine old lady notes.

    // GOOD BUT IRRELEVANT (AS I HAVE THINGS THAT WORK IN THAT SITUATION, OR SIMILAR)

    Azzaro Wanted
    Laboratory Perfumes Tonka
    Laboratory Parfumes Amber
    Armani Stronger With You
    Armani Stronger With You Intensely
    Dior Homme Intense EDP
    Dior Homme Cologne

    // NEITHER HERE NOR THERE ONES I HAVE SMELT

    Etat Libre D'Orange Remarkable People
    Hermes - Terre D’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche
    Gentlemen Givenchy
    Mugler Cologne
    Dior Homme EDT
    Hugo Boss Bottled
    Versace Pour Homme EDT
    Laboratory Parfumes Gorse
    Tom Ford Noir Extreme
    Boss The Scent Private Accord
    Allure Homme Sport Edition Blanche
    Mancera Cedrat Boise
    Mugler Pure Havanne
    YSL Tuxedo
    Dunhill Icon Racing
    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Cologne

    //CRAP ONES I HAVE SMELT OR SIMPLY DISLIKE

    Green Irish Tweed
    Sauvage EDT
    Clinique Happy for men
    Bacarrat Rouge 540
    Parfums de Marly Layton
    Laboratory Perfumes Atlas
    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Eau De Parfum
    Versace Eros
    YSL Rive Gauche
    Dior Feve Delicieuse
    Dior Ambre Nuit
    Bleu De Chanel
    Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum
    Gaultier Ultramale
    Dolce & Gabbana The One Parfum
    Paco Rabanne One Million Lucky
    Dunhill Icon
    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal EDP
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    Yep, I find as with a lot of people I head out a lot more in the summer, and because I don't do that many nights out I don't need loads of those ones. To me it's all about having things I use.

    I've kept track of stacks I've tried or had decants of to try wearing a good few times too, I sort those too.

    Here's just a few I kept notes on that were quick to post (my notes wouldn't make sense if I just pasted them, I probably can remember vivid impressions of another 30ish I would guess too)

    Ask me on any and I'll dig up what I thought. Some insight will come from my dislike for anything cloying, anything overly sweet either in a full rounded sweet way or in a plain old sugar kind of way, and anything with what I perceive as floral feminine old lady notes.

    // GOOD BUT IRRELEVANT (AS I HAVE THINGS THAT WORK IN THAT SITUATION, OR SIMILAR)

    Azzaro Wanted
    Laboratory Perfumes Tonka
    Laboratory Parfumes Amber
    Armani Stronger With You
    Armani Stronger With You Intensely
    Dior Homme Intense EDP
    Dior Homme Cologne

    // NEITHER HERE NOR THERE ONES I HAVE SMELT

    Etat Libre D'Orange Remarkable People
    Hermes - Terre D’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche
    Gentlemen Givenchy
    Mugler Cologne
    Dior Homme EDT
    Hugo Boss Bottled
    Versace Pour Homme EDT
    Laboratory Parfumes Gorse
    Tom Ford Noir Extreme
    Boss The Scent Private Accord
    Allure Homme Sport Edition Blanche
    Mancera Cedrat Boise
    Mugler Pure Havanne
    YSL Tuxedo

    //CRAP ONES I HAVE SMELT OR SIMPLY DISLIKE

    Green Irish Tweed
    Sauvage EDT
    Clinique Happy for men
    Bacarrat Rouge 540
    Parfums de Marly Layton
    Laboratory Perfumes Atlas
    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Eau De Parfum
    Versace Eros
    YSL Rive Gauche
    Dior Feve Delicieuse
    Dior Ambre Nuit
    Bleu De Chanel
    Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum
    Gaultier Ultramale
    Dolce & Gabbana The One Parfum
    Paco Rabanne One Million Lucky
    Dunhill Icon
    What don't you like about Green Irish Tweed? How about Mugler Cologne? Did you find them similar? I have Mugler Cologne and I like it; haven't tried GIT but I've heard good things and that the two are somewhat similar.

    I'd say my collection falls roughly under the categories of leather, green/woody/chypre, dark/dry/spicy, vetiver/citrus and oud.

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    I'm at 23 full bottles, and have already put a few unsuccessful blind buys back in their boxes for storage. I'm planning to take them out once or twice a year and wear them, and have already done so once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    What don't you like about Green Irish Tweed? How about Mugler Cologne? Did you find them similar? I have Mugler Cologne and I like it; haven't tried GIT but I've heard good things and that the two are somewhat similar.

    I'd say my collection falls roughly under the categories of leather, green/woody/chypre, dark/dry/spicy, vetiver/citrus and oud.
    Mugler Cologne and GIT are definitely not that similar. Mugler is a soapy scent for the most part with green undertones. GIT goes in a different direction, much more green, no real soapy quality, dries down to a woody musk.
    Move on. It is just a chapter in the past, but don't close the book, just turn the page.

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    Anything less than 4 stars rating in my wardrobe was shown the exit door, therefore in the last month, I sold 28 bottles and now I'm down to 63.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    I wonder if other people here have tried to contain a collection to a reasonable amount that they'll use?
    Personally never had the need nor desire and don't ever see this possibly happening while I'm still alive but respect those who choose to do that.
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    Tried it a couple of times. Sold almost 10-12 niche and designer fragrances an year back but bought decants of 30ml to 50ml of a few recommendations, won a few in raffles and then bought some more. Back to square one.

    But largely I am of the opinion to keep the collection moderate with 10-15 niche and with same number of designer frags. 30 is a more manageable number.


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    Refreshing your collection is an ongoing process: good for its quality!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    Refreshing your collection is an ongoing process: good for it's quality!
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    Currently sitting at 20 bottles, a mix of niche and designers. Basically all my favourites that I actually wear. It takes a lot for me to buy a full bottle now. I have to really love it.
    Move on. It is just a chapter in the past, but don't close the book, just turn the page.

    "It smells really good, it's not Aventus though."
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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    That's why now I am extremely selective before I buy. Any new scents must get reached for.
    I definitely follow this principle now. In fact much of my purchases now involve backup bottles to stuff that I know that I reach for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    What don't you like about Green Irish Tweed? How about Mugler Cologne? Did you find them similar? I have Mugler Cologne and I like it; haven't tried GIT but I've heard good things and that the two are somewhat similar.

    I'd say my collection falls roughly under the categories of leather, green/woody/chypre, dark/dry/spicy, vetiver/citrus and oud.
    GIT is simply a taste issue for me, that kind of in your face green scent is simply not for me at all. I can understand people liking it, but it is such a definite smell that to me it is impossible to like just like having a reaction to a genre of music you have an intense dislike for. So, I'm not really a person to comment on this particular one, as if you take a look, I don't have any green fragrances really of that type, in fact the only closest thing to a green note is the pine in Bottega Veneta Pour Homme EDP, but that is strictly a pine note and it is balanced in an overall picture, as it's more than just a pine scent, it's a creation in itself to me.

    As for Mugler Cologne, (which has zero connection with GIT to me), I simply found it completely passable really, it doesn't do anything for me, and it's incredibly beige to me, doesn't stand out in any respect or for any purpose.

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    I feel like I have been actively trying to keep my horde small. I do want all the things. The struggle is real.
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    As most of you know, my collection is nearly all cheapies. I have had many blind buys, and so far I have only one bottle that I cannot see myself ever growing to like, and that is Bogart Arabian Nights. There's just something in there that I do not get along with.

    When I see threads with people talking about keeping smaller collections, I notice that they tend to have all really great ones. No slackers kind of deal, if you will. What keeps me coming back to the cheapies is simply the price. I find them a great way to fill out my collection a bit while trying to build a better wardrobe slowly along side them.

    I have a handful that I consider real gems, but my cheapies keep me from having to use my favorites up quickly. I suppose if I had a better budget, I would buy only "loves", but as for now, I enjoy having a lot of "likes" as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    I feel like I have been actively trying to keep my horde small. I do want all the things. The struggle is real.
    The thing with fragrances is they are loads of them, there are always good things said about ones you haven't tried, plus many are that perfect price point for a rhythm and constant loop of researching possible ones, treating yourself, then repeat. I am sure this is why many people have so many.

    Plus of course you can add onto it that the products themselves are tactile as physical objects to hold and to own, they are branded, and marketing and presentation can be done so well in many cases too, the psychology of the consumerism of it all is really interesting and that's before you even get to the psychology of experiencing the actual fragrances themselves which is what most people like to think is the only thing they are going by but in all but a very few cases it won't be that at all.

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    It's pretty simple for me. I set my limit at 10 frags because i don't buy to collect, i just want to smell nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by painted_klown View Post
    I suppose if I had a better budget, I would buy only "loves", but as for now, I enjoy having a lot of "likes" as well.
    "Love" doesn't correlate to price (unless you're in love with luxury rather than the fragrances themselves).
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    I have around 45 bottles and around 30 decants.
    I have to sell at least 10 bottles now, including some of the least favorite Creeds (my favorite house)
    And I should stop blind buying, it never worked for me

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    Just sold about 20 on Ebay, down to 350 or so.
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